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Your Privacy Round Up—October

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

30 October 2018

We all know that it’s important to stay informed, especially when it comes to things like online security. But with so much information to take in, it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on in the privacy world.

That’s why we’re bringing you a monthly round-up of the biggest privacy news—the stuff you really shouldn’t miss.

Check out the privacy headlines this month—and stay informed.

Cathay Pacific hack exposes details of over 9 million customers

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific suffered the world’s worst airline data breach in an attack that exposed the names, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses and passport numbers of 9.4 million customers. The company’s shares fell following the discovery of the attack, knocking up to $361 million off its market value.

Facebook video chat device Portal launched amid privacy concerns

The social media giant this month launched Facebook Portal, a “smart display” that brings a camera and microphone right into your living room. But with 51% of Americans earlier this year saying they didn’t trust the platform, will consumers let Portal into their home?

California says it will not enforce its state-wide Net Neutrality law when it comes into force in January

Despite a long and contentious battle to sign the country’s toughest Net Neutrality protections into law, the State of California said this week that it has agreed with the Trump administration that it will not enforce the law until the outcome of a federal lawsuit has become clear. This will disappoint many of the state’s Net Neutrality advocates.

Privacy group urges US government to adopt AI guidelines to protect security and civil liberties

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) wants the US to adopt guidelines designed to protect humanity from a range of threats posed by artificial intelligence. These affect the design and use of AI as well as aiming to mitigate the risks.

We’ll bring you another privacy round up at the end of next month.

Until then, stay safe online.

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